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Release: May 19,2000

Iowa Citians (and visitors) will 'paint the town' to celebrate the Hancher 2000-2001 season

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The public will be invited to literally "paint the town" on the Iowa City pedestrian mall this summer to celebrate the upcoming 2000-2001 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. Beginning June 9, the public will paint both sides of plywood-panel "canvasses" that will decorate the Hancher lobby in the fall.

The 2000-2001 season was announced in April, with the slogan "Come on, babe, why don't we paint the town? And all that jazz . . ." -- a line from the hit Broadway musical "Chicago," which will visit Hancher for four performances in March of 2001.

The Hancher staff decided it would be fun to take the line literally. So, beginning with the June 9 edition of the Downtown Association's Friday night concert series, members of the public will be invited to contribute their urban impressions.

The Home Builders Association of Iowa City has donated the materials and the panels, which will be cut by Johannes Architectural Woodworking to represent a skyline. Well-known local artist Deanne Wortman will paint the outlines of buildings to prepare the project.

On June 9 City Manager Steve Atkins and other members of the city staff will be on hand to apply the initial brushstrokes. After that, anyone who is at least eight years of age can contribute.

The panels will be available through the rest of the Iowa Arts Festival, June 10-11, and at each Friday night concert in June. The painting will be completed during the Iowa City Jazz Festival July 1-2.

Tickets are now on mail-order sale for the 2000-2001 Hancher season. The free, full-color brochure, which includes mail order forms, is available now from the Hancher box office -- 335-1160 in Iowa City or toll-free long-distance, 1-800-HANCHER -- or from the Hancher administrative offices, 319-335-1130. Check out the new season on the World Wide Web at <>.

Advance ticket-buyers not only enjoy the best choice of seats, but also can take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the season. Purchases made before the end of June can be paid through Hancher's installment plan. UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger also qualify for special discounts to most events. UI students and senior citizens receive a 20-percent discount on tickets to most events, with $10 Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically half price.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <>